Haram Seo

Haram Seo

PhD Candidate
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • BA 2011
    Seoul National University
  • MS 2015
    Seoul National University


  • Nonmarket strategy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Private Politics


Haram Seo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Carlson School of Management. Her research examines the implications of various corporate social responsibility activities, including corporate philanthropy, to both firms and society. She applies the lens of corporate strategy to study these questions, the approach which is particularly relevant given the understanding that companies are increasingly engaging in such activities for their own competitive advantage.

Haram’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Especially, her lead author paper, which examines the performance implication of diversification in corporate philanthropy, has been recognized with many awards, including the Distinguished Paper Award from the Academy of Management’s STR Division, as well as the Outstanding Paper Award from the Annual Conference of Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. Recently, the first chapter of her dissertation, which is a just-the-facts paper examining the phenomenon of corporate donations to advocacy nonprofits, was recognized with the Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award from the STR Division in the Academy of Management. Prior to joining academia, Haram worked as a consultant with A.T.Kearney’s Seoul office.


Selected Works & Activities.

  • Haram Seo. 2019. Corporate philanthropy as a strategic tool for advocacy. Academy of Management 2019 Best Paper Proceedings. (Dissertation Chapter)
  • Jiao Luo, Aseem Kaul, & Haram Seo. 2018. Winning Us with Trifles: Adverse Selection in the Use of Philanthropy as Insurance. Lead article*. Strategic Management Journal. 39(10), 2591-2617.
  • Haram Seo, Jiao Luo, & Aseem Kaul. 2018. Giving a Little to Many or a Lot to a Few? The Benefits of Specialization and Variety in Corporate Philanthropy. Academy of Management 2018 Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Haram Seo. 2015. Who Benefits from Destructive Creation? Evidence from R&D Investment after 9/11 Attack. Academy of Management 2015 Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Honors and Awards

    For ‘Corporate Philanthropy as a Strategic Tool for Advocacy

                Winner, Robert J. Litschert Best Student Paper Award, STR Division, 2019 Academy of Management
                Annual Meeting


    For ‘Giving a little to many or a lot to a few? The Benefits of Specialization and Variety in Corporate Philanthropy

                Winner, Distinguished Paper Award, STR Division, 2018 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

                Winner, Outstanding Paper Award, 2018 Annual Conference of Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

                Nominated, Best Conference Paper Award, 2018 Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting


    For ‘Winning Us with Trifles: Adverse Selection in the Use of Philanthropy as Insurance

                Finalist, 2019 IACMR-RRBM Responsible Research in Management Award


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